Way back in 2011, we received our first Transpack Ski Boot Backpacks.
Although we’d previously instituted a “one-bag per person” family policy, we were using duffel bags.
The Transpack ski boot backpacks were enlightening. Each of us, even our kids, could carry our own boots, helmets and more on our backs, freeing up our hands to carry skis, poles, lunch and so on.
Transpack recently sent me an array of their latest products to review.
As always, I’m impressed with the quality, durability and design.
With the exception of the heated ski boot backpacks, all Transpack ski boot backpacks carry the boots on the sides of the pack, angled from the shoulders to the middle of the back to take pressure off the back and help keep you balanced. Unless you really hate carrying things on your back, we think you’ll find these backpacks surprisingly comfortable, even when stuffed full.
Transpack Ski Boot Backpack Line Up
Transpack TRV Pro, $139.95
This is our family’s go-to bag. The TRV Pro has 3300 cubic inches to load up and is designed for travel with zipper closures and straps that stow safely away for air travel. In all seriousness, we can each pack almost everything we need for skiing — clothing, boots, helmet, sunscreen, mittens and so on — in these packs. When we’re not traveling, we just pack the essentials. Either way, the packs are comfortable and most kids 12 and up should be able to carry one.
Transpack has Edge Junior, $54.95
The Edge Junior ski boot backpack is a perfect “first bag” for younger kids. The Edge series is for children about five years of age and older who are not quite ready for an adult pack. Available in solids and fun prints, the Edge Junior ski boot backpacks have zipper closings, a small interior pocket for little items, and hold ski boots up to size 6.
For adults and larger kids who prefer a pack made for days trips, the XT1 line for men (2800 cubic inches) and the XTW line for women (2400 cubic inches) are available in solids and prints. These packs have a buckle closing at the top, external side and top pockets and a small interior pocket for little items.. Lighter and smaller than the TRV Pro, kids 8 and up can easily carry one of these packs.
Transpack Heated Boot Pro and Heated Boot Pro XL
My first thought when offered a Transpack Heated Boot Pro ski boot bag was “why”?
From this skeptical position, I have to admit I think Transpack’s heated ski boot backpacks are pretty nifty, especially from the standpoint of drying out and warming up boots.
One of the items we carry in our ski boot bags is a boot dryer or hot sticks. After every ski day, no matter what the conditions, no matter what the weather and no matter how sweaty or cold we were, we plug in our dryers and dry our boots overnight.
If you don’t have boot dryers, a heated pack can do the same. With three temperature controls (going up no higher than 140° to protect the boot materials), you can determine how much drying you need and for how long. Transpack recommends drying/heating boots for between 6 and 12 hours, maximum.
These heated ski boot backpacks have a front compartment that holds just your boots and a heating pad. The heating pad is not for use anywhere except in the bag and only with the cover over it. The pad plugs into either a polarized outlet or into your car for heating while driving.
Both the regular Heated Boot Pro and the Heated Boot Pro XL have zippered vents on top to let in additional air and let out heat. They both have a front pouch that unzips to hold a helmet and side pockets for other items. The side pockets on the XL version of the bag are significantly larger and can hold a lot more.
Transpack Double Vault Pro Ski Bag
If you ever fly with skis, you’ll need a good ski bag. We’ve also learned that if your kids go to college (it will happen!), they’ll need a good ski bag, if for no other reason than a bag is handy place to store skis in a dorm room.
The only Transpack ski bag we’ve used is the rolling Ski Vault Double Pro. As you might guess from its name, it holds two pairs of skis. I’ve reviewed the Ski Vault Double Pro before and you can read more here.
The Ski Bat, A Game Changer
The Ski Bat is a nifty one-piece device that clips over junior skis in front of the bindings and behind the bindings, holding the skis securely together. Snap your child’s skis poles into the Ski Bat horizontally and you’ve got a quick and easy way to carry skis from the car to the base.
Transpack Goggle Shield and Goggle Cover
As you probably know, you should take your goggles off your helmet at the end of each ski day and store them in a protective bag. This helps prevent lens scratches and helps to keep goggles from getting broken or misshapen.
The Goggle Shield is the sturdiest option with a stiff, neoprene lined protective lens shield and a full cover that snaps in the back. The Goggle Cover also has a neoprene lens cover, but no shield. Both offer more protection than the small fabric sack you may currently be using.
Another possible game changer for parents, we think Goggle Grip clips are especially helpful for young children.
Goggle Grips are two small stick-on plastic guides. Place one on each side of a ski helmet, just behind the ear piece and use them to align and hold the goggle strap in place. This means when your child puts his or her goggles on top of the helmet, they can’t slide over the top and dangle down the back.
Transpack TRV Pro Ski Boot Backpack, Glen Plake Edition
In the spirit of honoring of one of freeskiing’s most iconic athletes, we’re excited to share the Glen Plake Transpack TRV Pro ski boot backpack .
One of the packs in the Transpack Glen Plake series, this pack is the same as other TRV Pros, except that it comes in black and Glen Plake Lime and has a Glen Plake logo embroidered on it.
If you’re looking for a long-lasting, durable, and eminently useful ski boot backpack, this is the one.
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